BRISBANE is back on the winners list after running away with a 41-point victory over the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba.

The Lions were desperate to respond after last week’s drubbing by Melbourne and they did so in style, motoring home in the second half to record a 16.12 (108) to 9.13 (67) win on the back of Charlie Cameron’s four goals.

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But the win could come at a cost with skipper Dayne Zorko and pivotal defender Daniel Rich finishing the game on the bench with hamstring injuries.

It could be a season-defining loss for the Bulldogs, whose percentage took a battering to drop from 120.9% to 115.7% as they slipped out of the top eight.

Cameron caused all sorts of headaches for the Dogs’ defence, while Jarrod Berry in his 100th game notched two goals alongside Joe Daniher and Lincoln McCarthy.

Lachie Neale, fresh off signing a new three-year deal with the Lions, gathered 33 disposals and a goal, with Jarryd Lyons (24) and Hugh McCluggage (26) also busy.

For the Dogs, Tom Liberatore continued his excellent season with 33 touches and a goal. Jack Macrae (32) and Bailey Dale (32) were again among the biggest disposal-getters.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Dogs, with games to come against Sydney (SCG), St Kilda, Melbourne, Geelong and Fremantle in the next five weeks.

More to come